Qigong originated in China about 4,000 years ago. It is based on Chinese medicine principles, which state that qi, or energy, is present in everyone’s body and must flow throughout the body in order for people to feel their best.If qi becomes stagnant in a certain area, health problems can occur.
Qigong uses simple poses and breathing patterns to promote a healthy flow and reduce stagnation of qi. Proper flow of qi can help the body engage its own healing processes. The literal translation of qigong is “to work with qi.”